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Women’s Studies

Course Code
WS 346  Credits
Title Sex, Sexuality and Music 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 6
  • Goal 7
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course considers representations and expressions of sex and sexuality in music throughout history in artistic and popular music traditions in Western society. Various musical forms will be considered in sociohistorical context. Musical works will be examined and interpreted for their expression of ideas about sexuality, representations of sexuality, and the ways in which they enhance or challenge social norms or stereotypes about sexuality. Music as a means of expressing sexuality will also be considered. MnTC Goals 6 and 7. 



Course Code
WS 350  Credits
Title Women in European History 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The historical experience of European women as a force in politics, in economic and familial roles, in organized religion and in cultural life, and with special emphasis on the "woman question". Same as HIST 350



Course Code
WS 390  Credits 1-4 
Title Topics in Women's Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is an upper division topical course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
WS 394  Credits 1-3 
Title Research in Women's Studies 
Prerequisite WS 100 and WS 247 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed research course in Women's Studies. Topics covered include research techniques, methodologies and academic writing in Women's Studies. May be repeated once for credit. 



Course Code
WS 397  Credits 1-3 
Title Independent Study 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Directed readings and discussion on particular topics agreed upon by instructor and student. 



Course Code
WS 406  Credits
Title DNA as Destiny: Genetics and Society 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course examines the various ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetic research and the applications of current and future applications of new genetic technologies. It is designed to provide students in any major, with the necessary background to make informed decisions about these issues in a socially and civically responsible manner. MnTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
WS 407  Credits
Title Inclusive Science: Women, Gender and Science 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 6
  • Goal 9
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course will compare and contrast traditional views and feminist critiques of science, define gendered science and examine the potential for restructuring science. Students will practice the critical review of scientific readings and analyze and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of scientific issues related to gender. The course investigates collaboration between Women's Studies scholars and scientists, and culminates with field observations and the critique of science in the academy and the private sector. MnTC Goal 6 and 9. 



Course Code
WS 408  Credits
Title Women and Art 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course examines the history of women artists as well as the representation of women as subjects in art. The course also provides a historical introduction to feminist art history and methodology. Same as ART 408



Course Code
WS 410  Credits 1-3 
Title Directed Readings in Women's Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Projects designed by students and instructor. 



Course Code
WS 412  Credits
Title Seminar in Women's Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Study of selected problems in Women's Studies through various disciplines including those from the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences. The course employs the objectives of interdisciplinary studies as applied to selected topics. Specific topics will be announced in the class schedule. Students may repeat the course two times when topic varies. Core class for Women's Studies Minor program. 



Course Code
WS 415  Credits
Title Media and Diverse Identities 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course focuses on the analysis of media representations of diverse identities with an emphasis on the interconnections of race, gender and class. Students will use feminist theory and ethics, afrocentric criticism, queer theory and masculinity studies to critically analyze representations of diverse identities in print, television, advertising, film and the internet. Students will develop their own media, in the form of digital storytelling, to speak back to dominant narratives analyzed in the course. MnTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
WS 420  Credits
Title Feminism in Global Perspective 
Lasc Area
  • Goal 5
  • Goal 8
 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description A topical survey of women's issues in various regions of the world with a focus on manifestations of feminism in different cultural contexts. Topics include women's rights as human rights, sex tourism and trafficking, genital mutilation, religious systems and women, and reproductive rights. Core class for Women's Studies Minor program. MnTC Goal 5 and 8. 



Course Code
WS 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Prerequisite WS 100 WS 247 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A supervised practical experience in Women's Studies. Students must be Women's Studies majors with at least Junior standing. A maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree. 



Course Code
WS 470  Credits
Title Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students will serve as a teaching assistant for select Women's Studies courses under the guidance of a faculty mentor. May be repeated up to three times for credit. 



Course Code
WS 490  Credits 1-4 
Title Topics in Women's Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is an upper division topical course and may be repeated when the topic changes. 



Course Code
WS 495  Credits
Title Topics in Feminist Theory 
Prerequisite PHIL 101 OR PHIL 105 PHIL 100 OR PHIL 102 OR PHIL 110 OR PHIL 215 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Courses offered under this title will focus on feminist theories as frameworks for work on feminist issues. For specific topic see class schedule. Topics may include Knowledge, Ethics, Ecology, Reproductive Rights and Issues, Self-images and Identity, and Sexuality. Students may register more than once when content varies, but may not repeat the course for more than 6 credits. Same as PHIL 495